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Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by Tylersongs » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:57 am

The Microkorg has a patch that replicates the bright Italian organ sound pretty well, and the newly released Yamaha YC does too, but are there any others? it seems like a really difficult timbre to come across with polyphonic digital synths.

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Re: Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by salwa » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:21 pm

Roland XP series with Keyboards of the 60's and 70's card? But seems like overkill for the task.
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Re: Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by Yekuku » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:04 pm

The farfisa sound should be fairly easy to emulate on most VA synths.
Take a few oscillators with pulse waveforms, tune them in fixed intervals, add a static LPF and a 5-8hz vibrato and you should be good to go.
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Re: Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by ninja6485 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:19 pm

FM synths are great at mimicking organs: I seem to recall a patch on the TX81Z that's called "farcheeza," which is possibly an emulation of exactly what you're looking for. I think it's the tx81z anyway...
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by ninja6485 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:25 pm

This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by salwa » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:27 pm

ninja6485 wrote:FM synths are great at mimicking organs: I seem to recall a patch on the TX81Z that's called "farcheeza," which is possibly an emulation of exactly what you're looking for. I think it's the tx81z anyway...
Yes, it's TX81Z preset from bank A. There is also other similar preset in the same bank called <6 Tease>.
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Re: Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by ninja6485 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:34 pm

And, don't forget about the possibility of farfisa sample sets available for the classic akai and emu, or other series samplers!
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by V301H » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:32 am

Most analog Synths don't have enough oscillators to do a truly accurate Farfisa sound. You can get something Farfisa-like so it all depends on how close you need to get. FM Synths are somewhat better because you can get the !6, 8, 4, and 2 2/3 footages found on the Compact Deluxe and Compact Duo. FM seems to lack the fullness and warmth of the real deal. Outside of getting a Nord or Hammond SK series which have Farfisa modeling the best inexpensive solution I've found is the Casio WK3xxx series. This has all the necessary footages plus filter cutoff and resonance control. What makes a Farfisa difficult to accurately simulate is that it mixes pre-filtered organ voicings like strings, flute, oboe, trumpet, Piccolo, etc. as well as the Multi-tone Booster in various combinations so there is more to it than just stacking sine wave footages like a Hammond or Vox Continental. Here is a plug-in that accurately models every parameter of a Farfisa:

Arturia Farfisa V
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Re: Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by blueknob » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:31 am

Interesting.. :geek: .. I've had many such organs come by me. I have many multisamples taken directly from some of them (VIP255 or instance). One thing I've noticed is the waves, directly out of the organ, are full of harmonics and I've found this is what gives them that.. depending upon opinion.. shrill/squeaky/bright/awful tone. This quality tends to gets lost in anything that samples them, 44.1kHz just doesn't do it. Plus there is a lot of "bleeding" and other noise/sh!t that makes the sound. In many ways I've abandoned using anything that uses 44.1kHz.

It is easy to use many modern synths to get close, I can usually knock up a Conti quite easily, even Farfisas BUT they always lack that, I suppose "magic" component. For those people where only the best will do, get a real Farfisa and once the thing is working you will hear exactly to what I'm referring. But they are so fragile, break down a lot and a nightmare to work on. I've done quite a number and still dread seeing another one for repair (rather, dispair!) - but the musicians that play/own them know that's the way to get "that" sound, as always.

I have a new definition for the "F word" (as in, Farfisa = fooking awful to work on) :lol:

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Re: Keyboard with decent Farfisa organ sound

Post by gcoudert » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:00 pm

salwa wrote:Roland XP series with Keyboards of the 60's and 70's card? But seems like overkill for the task.
Those Fantom Vox and Farfisa samples are usable but nothing to write home about.
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